Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina made a rare public appearance Sunday night at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas to take part in an emotional tribute to her late mother.
Whoopi Goldberg began the tribute, saying she “adored” the singer, who was found dead at 48 February 11 at the Beverly Hills Hilton, after officials said she accidentally drowned in a bathtub with cocaine in her system.
“What all performers want and need and should get is love,” The View personality said, “and many of us here loved Whitney, and even if you’re one of those who didn’t show the love to Whitney, now is your chance, because tonight, that’s what we’re doing: We’re going to be giving Whitney the greatest love of all.”
John Legend and Jordin Sparks, who plays Houston’s daughter in her final film, Sparkle, then performed her hits, with Legend singing the Greatest Love of All, while Sparks amazed with her rendition of I Will Always Love You.
Following the moving memorials, the late singer’s sister-in-law Pat Houston and daughter Bobbi Kristina accepted the Billboard Millennium Award on Whitney’s behalf.
Pat said, “This is truly an honor. We thank you, Billboard; we thank you, Whoopi, Jordin; we love you, John. But tonight, the one person that should be accepting this award is the one person that Whitney loved most,” ushering in Bobbi Kristina.
Bobbi Kristina said she “just really want to say thank you to everyone who supported us through it all.
“Not just when it was good, but when it was bad too,” she said. “Thank you so much for showing that much love, ’cause she deserved it. There will never be another one, ever. I thank you so much.”